CHANGES FOR 2013:
– 20-inch wheels, rear-seat DVD system added on Limited as options.
– Heavy duty trailering package adds trailer brake controller.
– Improved shift timing.
– Paint changes: Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat added.
Innovations in full-size, body-on-frame SUVs tend to be few and far between, which shows in the Expedition, which saw its last major update in 2007. Changes for 2013 are, like last year, limited to trim. The heavy duty trailering package now includes a trailer brake controller, and the transmission is said to offer improved shift timing. No full-size truck these days is complete without chrome wheels, so Limited models get sets of 20-inchers as an option and rear-seat DVD entertainment systems.
The Expedition is available in regular wheelbase or in an extended model, called the Max. Both versions use a 5.4-litre V8 with six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with electronic transfer case. All have three rows of seats.
Features on the XLT include 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear air conditioning, black heated mirrors, front tow hooks, roof rack, trailer hitch receiver, cruise control, auto up/down windows, keyless entry, exterior keypad, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power-adjustable pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, garage door opener, cloth seats with power driver’s adjustment, floor mats, cargo light, CD/MP3 stereo, SYNC, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, trip computer, outside temperature display, and reverse sensing system.
The Limited models add 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated body-colour mirrors with integrated turn signals, power liftgate, sunroof, driver’s side memory, front park assist, 110-volt power outlet, heated and cooled leather seats, heated rear seats, power passenger seat, second- and third-row split-bench seats, digital signal stereo processor, rain-sensing wipers, and compass.